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Standing on Athens’ highest point, at the summit of Mount Lycabettus (Likavittos), you enjoy a spectular panorama of the city (marble maps on the terraces point out the main sights).
A cable car runs up to the 227m (910ft) peak from Odos Ploutarchou in Kolonaki. Hearty climbers can make the trek on foot.
On Orthodox Easter, at midnight, a candlelight procession makes its way down from Agios Georgious, the 19th-century chapel which is perched at the top. Cannons on the western slope are fired on Greek Independence Day and special occasions. The hill was never included within the ancient city walls; since it had no natural springs, it was untenable for any length of time.
The views from here are best early in the morning, before the heat and smog produce their inevitable haze. A visitors’ pavilion provides refreshments, and there is also a modern amphitheatre nearby.
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The Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art is devoted to the Bronze Age art of the Cyclades Islands, and also has Greek works dating from Minoan to Roman times.
Contains Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art. Neophytou Douka 4; Open Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-3pm; closed Tues and Sun. Free on Sat. Bronze Greek art from Minoan to Roman times.
The Cycladic marble figurines, which date from during the 3rd millennium BC, are a rare phenomenon in prehistoric art; yet the simple, minimalist features look simple, minimalist features look strangely modern. This rich collection was amassed by the Goulandris Foundation and housed in a cool, modern building. Special exhibitions are also presented here.
Ancient Greek and Byzantine art, jewellery, icons, costumes, skills and tapestries.
The Benaki Museum (located on on Vasilissis Sofias and Koumbari Streets) features the handsome private collection of a wealthy Greek art lover in his family mansion. It includes ancient gold and silver jewellery, as well as Byzantine art, traditional Greek costumes, ceramics and icons.
Vas. Safias 22’ Open 8.30am-3pm, closed Mon. Large collection of cons, panel paintings, Byzantine art and artifacts. Description are given in Greek and French.
Housed in a Florentine villa, the Byzantine Museum presents an impressive collection of icons, panel paintings and sculpture from the 9th to the 15th centuries. The religious artifacts – carved reliquary boxes, bronze and ivory pastoral staffs, gold-embroidered vestments, jewellery and silverware – are splendid.
Bronze shields on the marble retaining walls commemorates modern Greek military victories. There’s also an engraved epitaph from Pericles’ funeral oration (430 BC), honoring the Athenians killed in the first year of the Pelopontombs lie underneath Building occupies and upper corner of the sprawling National Garden (Ethnikos Kipos).
Panepistimiou (also called Venixelou), with several 19th-century neoclassical buildings, runs parallel with Stadiou. Either are a great way to walk from Syntagma Square to Omonia Square and catch some sights.
The first building you’ll pass is the former home of German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-90), who found the ancient palace of Troy and underneath the tombs at Mycenae. Up under roof you’ll see engraved ‘IIiou Melathron’ (palace on troy).
Further along you’ll find the Academy of Arts, the University and the National Library. Their sculpted, gilded facades mimis the classical style. Athena and Apollo stand atop the Ionic columns at the Academy, while Socrates and Plato sit at the entrance. The Library has nearly a million books and manuscripts, including amazing hand-illuminated Gospels of the 19th and 11th centuries.
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